New Roads Mayor Announces

Recipients of 2017 Community Impact Award

Tickets on Sale for Jan. 19 Ceremony

New Roads, La.– New Roads Mayor Robert Myer has announced he will once again honor some of the city’s most notable “people of action” at a special Community Impact Awards Banquet at the William H. Scott Civic Center on Jan. 19.

The banquet will honor five outstanding community members whose actions have improved the quality of life in New Roads, either through their volunteerism, contributions, investments and/or leadership, Myer said.

“What makes New Roads so special is its people, and especially those who give of themselves to make this city a better place to live, work, play and prosper, “Myer said.  “I am honored to once again present some of our city’s most beloved and respected community members.”

The 2017 Community Impact Award recipients include:

  • Paula Rush Battley,executive director, New Roads Housing Authority.  During her tenure, the agency has experienced unprecedented growth. She also has been instrumental in securing Riverdale Subdivision, a $7.8 million housing development.
  • Brian Costello, historian and author.  He has written 19 books and co-authored five others, primarily dealing with the history and diverse culture of Pointe Coupee Parish.  He also is the former editor of the Pointe Coupee Banner and the historian for the parish library.
  • Johnny Ewing, owner and president of Ewings of New Roads. His business ventures include the parish’s premier lakefront restaurant, Satterfields, as well as a chain of local convenience stores.  He also is the past chairman of the New Roads Planning and Zoning Commission and currently serves on the New Roads Main Street Commission and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
  • Blanche Jewell, retired speech therapist and special education teacher of 33 years. She has served as the Pointe Coupee Hospice volunteer coordinator for the past 13 years, and recently won the “Heart of Hospice” award for the State of Louisiana.  She volunteers with the Arts Council of Pointe Coupee and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
  • Julie E. Lee, historian and radio host.  She is the director of Creole West Productions, which brings Louisiana history alive as entertainment for a cross-section of audiences.  She also is chairperson for the Pointe Coupee Early Childhood Coalition, a non-profit organization working to provide high quality education to children, ages birth to 4 years old.

The Jan. 19 banquet will include a cocktail hour from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the program.  Tickets for the event are $35 per person or $280 for a table of eight, and they can be purchased at New Roads City Hall.  

Contact:  Lisa Bryant or Betty Fontaine at 225-638-5360, or Delia A. Taylor at 225-931-0286 or